If you’re already active in astronomy then you’ll be familiar with Sky and Telescope magazine, and if you’re not already active in astronomy then you’re going to hear about Sky and Telescope not only in this article but also from pretty much every other astronomer you talk to online or offline. The magazine itself is the oldest of its kind and was first published back in 1941, when astronomy wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today. In fact the only other real competitor Sky & Telescope has is the magazine “Astronomy”, which was only published for the first time in 1973, so it’s pretty unique in terms of magazines of this type.
The founders of Sky & Telescope magazine, Charles and Helen Federer first published the magazine at Harvard College when the two separate magazines “Sky” and “Telescope” joined forces. As a publication this magazine is an invaluable resource for amateur astronomers because most of the content is written with the amateur astronomer in mind – you’ll find plain English which is easy to understand no matter how new you are to astronomy. Of course you can also get Sky and Telescope in both a digital and paper format, but both have full-color professional and amateur images of celestial bodies in them.
On top of all the amazing images you’ll find in this magazine you’ll also find plenty of news and updates on current and future space exploration efforts, anything that’s new in the astronomy community worldwide, reviews of telescopes, books, astronomy software and all of the other various accessories you can buy. You’ll obviously find lots of information in there about astrophotography and even information and advice on how to make your own telescope!
Submit Your Astrophotography Images
As we mentioned earlier Sky & Telescope has lots of amazing digital images of celestial objects and events in every issue but you can also contribute your own astrophotography results to this publication too if you like. Obviously the staff at the magazine can’t be all over the world at the same time so they rely on amateur astronomers to send in their own images to be published instead. There’s a very strict set of guidelines for submitting your own pictures but Sky & Telescope do provide lots of tips on the best way to both take and store your images afterwards. The one thing we’ll share with you here is that if you’re submitting images make sure they’re only a digital or paper copy and not the originals – due to the number of submissions the magazine receives most of them are never returned.
Write For Sky & Telescope
Have you always fancied yourself as some kind of investigate journalist, or do your friends just complement you on having a flair for words? In that case you might want to combine your love of language and syntax with your love of astronomy and consider putting together some articles for Sky and Telescope too maybe?
Roughly half the content in Sky and Telescope is written by readers and not the actual magazine staff – plus they’re always looking for new writers. So if you have an idea for an article on astronomy, or a closely related field of science, and you think you can make that idea stretch to between 1,000 and 2,400 words then Sky and Telescope might just be interested in what you have to say.
The vast majority of the readership of Sky & Telescope are from North America and the northern hemisphere in general, so all of the star maps and stargazing advice tends to be focused on people from those parts of the world. To balance things out for everyone living in the southern hemisphere an Australian edition of Sky & Telescope was launched to cater for that particular market – obviously with all of the star charts and astronomy advice updated to reflect where on the planet you’re gazing up at the heavens from.
We try to provide you with as much information for amateur astronomers as we can but the reality is that Sky & Telescope have been doing this now for over 90 years and they’re very good at it. Every hobbyist needs a “Go To” source for reliable information and we’re happy to be able to recommend this same magazine for that purpose. Even if you’re not a serious amateur astronomer you’ll still find dozens of images and articles to enjoy in either the digital or paper edition of this magazine each and every month.